Yesterday, Evangelist Franklin Graham apologized to President Obama for questioning his Christian faith.
Graham had said in a recent MSNBC interview that he “did not know whether Obama is a Christian” and he suggested that “Islamic law considers him to be a Muslim.”
Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, said he now “accepts Obama’s declarations that he is a Christian.”
“I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our president, Mr. Obama,” he said in a statement.
“I apologize to him and to any I have offended for not better articulating my reason for not supporting him in this election — for his faith has nothing to do with my consideration of him as a candidate.”
His apology came in the wake pressure from “a dozen members of a religious subgroup of the NAACP had accused Graham of “bearing false witness” and fomenting racial discord.”
“We can disagree about what it means to be a Christian engaged in politics, but Christians should not bear false witness,” the NAACP statement said. “We are also concerned that Rev. Graham’s comments can be used to encourage racism.” […]
“By his statements, Rev. Graham seems to be aligning himself with those who use faith as a weapon of political division,” the NAACP said. “These kinds of comments could have enormous negative effects for America and are especially harmful to the Christian witness.”
The open letter to Graham “included presidents of the National Baptist Convention, USA; the National Baptist Convention of America; the Progressive National Baptist Convention; as well as bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.”
I was more than appalled by Graham’s comments about President Obama. Right wing religious zealots need to think before they speak. I am glad to see that pressure was put onto Graham and that he stepped up to apologize.